PENDLETON — Pendleton residents can ask questions Thursday night about the upcoming replacement of the Eighth Street Bridge.

Pendleton public works director Bob Patterson said in an email the general public informational meeting will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Pythias Lodge. The lodge is next to the Eighth Street Bridge near the intersection of Southeast Eighth Street and Byers Avenue. City staff, Oregon Department of Transportation staff and members of Oregon Bridge Engineers and Consultants will be on-hand to provide an overview of the project, including a concept of the replacement bridge and potential neighborhood problems and levee issues.

The staff also will answer questions from the public.

The state recently granted the project the “notice-to-proceed,” according to Patterson. The state’s Local Highway Bridge Program in May 2013 awarded the city $7.42 million to replace the 100-plus-years-old bridge as long as the city could come up with a local match of 10.27 percent, or $762,043.

The city and Umatilla County co-own the bridge and agreed to split that down the middle, about $381,017 each.

Patterson also said the city invited members of the affected neighborhood to an earlier meeting.

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